Building a Better Future for Seniors

As a province, we owe it to our seniors to care for them as they age. But we have a long way to go to provide care that is high quality, fully accessible, publicly funded, and meets the needs of seniors in their communities.

Our seniors and their loved ones need to know that quality care is there for them, when they need it and where they need it. Investing in more community-based health care, including home support and residential care, will keep people well in their homes and out of acute care, which creates long-term savings.

BCGEU is one of the largest unions representing health care workers in British Columbia. Our members work as care aides, community health workers, licensed practical nurses, health science professionals, activity workers, dietary and laundry staff, and administrative workers to provide care and support for seniors in their own homes and in care homes.

That is why we are committed to working together with community partners to build a better future for BC’s seniors.

A future that includes:

  • expanded public home support services to ensure access according to need,
  • an increase in direct care hours in residential care to at least 3.5 hours per resident per day,
  • investment in training for seniors’ care workers.
  • an end to contracting out of staff,
  • more not-for-profit residential care beds and
  • strong rights for seniors as recommended by BC’s Ombudsperson.

Report outlines challenges in recruitment and retention in seniors' care

Information about joining the BCGEU





Seniors' campaign radio ad for 2011

Download BCGEU Home Support fact sheet 

Read Home Support article from December 2010 issue of the Provincial

Building a Better Future for Seniors campaign card

Reports on seniors' care

Keep Health Care Public!

Canada is facing an important next step in our medicare history.

On March 31, 2014, the current Health Accord – a deal negotiated in 2004 that set funding and health care service delivery agreements between the federal and provincial and territorial governments – expires and must be renegotiated. Read more »

Seniors Advocate appointment necessary to tackle systemic challenges

BCGEU calling for an end to contract flipping in seniors’ care

BCGEU welcomed the appointment of Isobel MacKenzie as British Columbia's first Seniors Advocate, calling it a long-overdue step in addressing the systemic challenges in seniors' care and services in BC. Read more »

BC Ombudsperson leads community discussion on home support in Kelowna

Seniors, local residents and workers from the community health sector gathered on Thursday evening at Okanagan College in Kelowna to attend a forum on home support featuring BC’s Ombudsperson, Kim Carter. Read more »

Labour activists rally to fight against privatization and contracting out of healthcare workers

Over one hundred activists from all sectors of the labour movement rallied today in Kelowna in support of the 130 workers from Spring Valley Care Centre who have all been given lay off notices. Read more »

BCGEU celebrates World Health Day with online ad

In honour of World Health Day this year, BCGEU has launched an online ad featuring health care assistants from the union.

Watch the ad here:

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Improvements in home support for seniors needed

Ombudsperson's findings reveal systemic challenges in seniors’ care Read more »

BCGEU releases report on Seniors' Care Forum

In response to growing concerns about the state of seniors' care in BC—reflected in research reports, the media, and reports by seniors and their service providers—the BCGEU launched a provincial campaign to Build a Better Future for Seniors. Read more »

BCGEU hosts dialogue on seniors’ care in Kelowna

Event is part of a campaign to build awareness around seniors’ care issues in the region

Over 50 politicians, stakeholders and community members gathered to discuss seniors’ care in BC at an event hosted by the BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) in Kelowna on Monday. Read more »

Report outlines challenges in recruitment and retention in seniors' care

The B.C. Care Providers released a report on recruitment and retention of workers in seniors’ care earlier this week entitled Planning, Attracting, Engaging, and Sharing Knowledge.

The report reflects comprehensive research data compiled over the past year through outreach undertaken by the Howe Group. BCGEU was an active participant in this process. Read more »

Transfer of Community Home Support Services employees

A strong majority of members voted on December 6, 2010 to accept the terms of transfer from Community Home Support Services (CHSS) to Saint Elizabeth Health Care (SEHC).

Over 300 members attended the meeting on Monday where they were able to ask questions and get more information about the agreement reached between the BCGEU and CHSS last week.
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